Snow levels came up a little bit overnight with the moist flow off of the Pacific. Here at the house I got 7 inches as of 11 p.m. and I am around 6400-6500 ft. Woke up this morning and still the same amount due to a change to a mix of rain and snow overnight. That most likely kept totals at lake level and in Truckee lower than expected.
The snow on the mountains was a bit wetter and heavier as well which kept the totals from puffing up a bit. Still, most resorts did pretty well overnight. As of 6 a.m. resorts were averaging from 10-16 inches around the lake with resorts East of the crest getting good amounts due to good spill over the crest. Resort Totals tab is updated with amounts. Snow showers should continue this morning and snow levels will come down to 5000 ft. as well. Looking for an additional 3-6 inches at the resorts before it tapers off by this afternoon. That is going to put everyone over a foot with up to 20 inches at some resorts in total of nice thick base building snow to repair what was lost the last couple weeks.
Everything still on track to bring us a big storm on Friday into Saturday. Models in a little disagreement on totals but all show significant amounts. If I split the totals forecasted currently we are looking at around a foot at lake level due to an initial snow level of 6500, 2 feet above 7000 ft., with up to 3 feet on the crest. Only thing that looks to change with this storm is just fine tuning of the snow totals. This could be our biggest storm in over a month.
Looking beyond, brief ridge Sunday and Monday before another storm comes in for Tuesday/Wednesday of next week. More of a La Nina pattern shaping up with the Pacific NW getting a bunch of storms next week and we get the Southern end of the storms. We’ll take it any way we can get it. Stay tuned……..BA
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